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Opportunities for high school students to learn at Fermilab

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If you're a high school student interested in science and engineering and you want an opportunity to learn more in a hands-on environment, Fermilab is the place for you. The application period for our annual six-week TARGET summer internship program begins on Jan. 1, and for students who want an up-close look at what it's like to work as a scientist or engineer, this is a chance not to be missed.

TARGET is a paid internship open to sophomores and juniors with a 3.0 and above GPA and offers both classroom and work experience at Fermilab. The program begins on Monday, June 22, and ends on Friday, July 31. Between those dates, students will get to work in a variety of capacities at the laboratory, including engineering, astronomy, physics and communications, and will learn in a focused environment with a low student-to-mentor ratio. TARGET is a competitive program that aims to grow representation of underrepresented groups (Black, Hispanic, Native American and women) in the science and engineering fields. You can apply online.

That's not the only opportunity available for high school students. Fermilab's QuarkNet summer internship pairs students with physicists and engineers to work on science projects; the application period for that begins March 1. And the lab's Saturday Morning Physics program is ongoing, offering eight-week sessions of free lectures on Saturdays to science-interested high school students.
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Photo column spacer Gallery Chamber Series kicks off with Chicago Harp Quartet – Jan. 11, 2:30 p.m.
Each winter, the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series presents a trio of chamber music concerts in the laboratory's art gallery. Called the Gallery Chamber Series, these intimate Sunday afternoon events feature small groups playing classical music in a beautiful setting. The first of these events takes place on Sunday, Jan. 11, and features the Chicago Harp Quartet, four harpists who have performed with some of the most renowned orchestras in North America. The quartet will perform music by Bach, de Falla, Granados, Massenet, John Adams and Philip Glass. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. A reception with the artists will follow the performance. Further Gallery Chamber Series shows are scheduled for Feb. 15 (Callipygian Players) and March 15 (St. Charles Chamber Singers). You can buy tickets online.
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Photo column spacer Lecture: Revealing the Nature of Dark Matter – Jan. 16, 8 p.m.
The mysterious substance known as dark matter makes up 25 percent of the universe, but scientists still know very little about it. But a recent result may shed some light on this dark puzzle. This month's lecture features Dan Hooper, of Fermilab's theoretical astrophysics group, who has been at the forefront of this research and will explore its possible ramifications. You'll leave this lecture with a better understanding of our universe and how it works. Buy tickets for this lecture online.
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Photo column spacer New: Tours available of the DZero detector and the Tevatron tunnel - First Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Between 1992 and 2011, the DZero detector at Fermilab probed the secrets of the universe at a subatomic level, gathering data from the Tevatron collider. The two main Tevatron collider experiments, DZero and CDF, discovered the top quark, and data from both long-running experiments is still being analyzed. Now DZero scientists are offering a behind-the-scenes tour of the detector and the Tevatron tunnel once a month. This is a good opportunity to learn more about high-energy physics and see the scale and complexity of particle physics detector technology. You'll need to register online for the tours in advance. Tour groups will meet at Wilson Hall.
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Photo column spacer The hunt for the dark universe
Air and Space Magazine: Dark matter detectives
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Photo column spacer Fermilab director interviewed by Canadian media
Toronto Star: Basic science is the center of gravity, says particle physics lab chief
Metro News: U.S. particle physics lab chief Nigel Lockyer talks dark matter, how Canada funds particle physics research
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Photo column spacer PACE provides environmentally friendly transport to Fermilab
Kane County Chronicle: Pace starts new Batavia Call-n-Ride program
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Photo column spacer Scientific American profiles Fermilab's first artist in residence
Scientific American: What's an artist doing at Fermilab?
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Jan. 3, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Jan. 4, 2-5 p.m.

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., Jan. 6, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jan. 6, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Jan. 8, 7:30-10 p.m.

Ask-a-Scientist: Dark Matter FREE
Sun., Jan. 11, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Gallery Chamber Series: Chicago Harp Quartet
Sun., Jan. 11, 2:30 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jan. 13, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Jan. 15, 7:30-10 p.m.

Lecture Series: Revealing the Nature of Dark Matter
Fri., Jan. 16, 8 p.m.

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-noon

Barn Dance
Sun., Jan. 18, 2 p.m.

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., Jan. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jan. 20, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Dances from the Balkans and beyond with Lee Otterholt FREE
Thur., Jan. 22, 7:30-10 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Jan. 27, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Jan. 29, 7:30-10 p.m.

COMING IN FEBRUARY

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up

Arts Series: Cirque Zuma Zuma
Sat., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Family Open House FREE
Sun., Feb. 8, 1-5 p.m.
Grades 3 and up

Gallery Chamber Series: Callipygian Players
Sun., Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m.

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